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  • John R. Durant's WebLog

    Set the Microsoft Office Username to the Windows Networking Username

    I was going through my inbox looking for messages that I have not properly handled. Regretfully, I overlooked this gem from one of the best IT minds I ever encountered in my years as a consultant, Mike Meinz . I met Mike when I worked at General Mills...
  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Consiparcy Theory: Technology - Great Advances or Big Brother ?

    I was reading some articles in Time Magazine on the flight from Seattle to San Jose about the American Elections, it's amazing to see how both sides are using technology to build monster databases that provide intelligence on potential voters, this includes...
  • The Old New Thing

    Let WMI do the heavy lifting of determining system information

    Windows Management Instrumentation is a scriptable interface to configuration information....
  • Mike Stall's .NET Debugging Blog

    Standardizing ICorDebug?

    I was recently asked “Are there any plans to standardize (ECMA for example) the debugging APIs?” Short answer is “No”. My two cents: In my opinion, ICorDebug is not yet ready to be standardized: - Standardizing it would impede our ability to innovate...
  • Omar Shahine


    I want to talk a bit about PlaysForSure which is a new logo program for portable media players that Microsoft announced a few days ago. First some background. I have owned every generation of the iPod. I am currently the owner of two 3G iPods. I have...
  • Rob Caron

    New Team System Stuff - 2004-10-19 & 20

    Got a bit behind this week, but here goes... Visual Studio 2005 for the SQL Server 2005 CTP - October 2004 For those having trouble installing this CTP version of Visual Studio (available from MSDN Subscriber Downloads ), you should try clearing the check...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Virtual PC and Command & Conquer

    From time to time someone will contact me and complain about the fact that Command & Conquer does not run under Virtual PC. The reason for this is that Command & Conquer uses a CPU call that almost no one ever uses (There are only two other programs...
  • Devhammer on MSDN

    Password Memorability

    My good friend, Anil , has some interesting observations on passwords, our capacity to remember them, and validation. But as I've noted before , validation and password complexity, even using mnemonics to make them easier to remember, doesn't always serve...
  • Brian Groth's Life at Microsoft

    Electric-powered breaks 300mph

    When I was at Western Washington University, I got to see one of their solar cars. They usually did pretty good in a variety of solar car races. This electric car from Ohio State University isn't solar powered, but since all solar cars are electric cars...
  • Heath Stewart's blog

    Attack of the Tegenaria Gigantea!

    No, this isn't about another campy 80's flick, but about the Tegenaria gigantea , or "giant house spider". Dubbed the world's faster spider by the Guinness Book of World Records, this rather large spider is commonly mistaken for the Tegenaria agrestis...
  • Brian Groth's Life at Microsoft

    Time to eat healthy

    I am now convinced that fast food is a really, really, bad thing. Sure, it tastes good, but two recent events have made me a rather concerned: Dan, my brother-in-law, told Lorie and me quite a bit about the book Fast Food Nation - we were afraid to read...
  • canthe's WebLog

    Catching up - SBS Beta and Watson

    Some people have been asking where the hell I've been. Well, life got a little busy. The short short version: I went home to the east coast, visited family, then drove cross-country with my girlfriend on a week long trip. Came back, had family visit,...
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